Edenderry 1916 and the revolutionary era – Ciaran Reilly
…this is a remarkable book, a treasure trove of Edenderry’s history, a book which embraces all traditions and divisions in Irish life: political, social, cultural, economic and religious. Edenderry can be regarded as a microcosm of the Ireland of the time. It is a book which stimulates our interest in local history and generates pride in the heritage of our town, a book which bears testimony to extensive research, in which every chapter and page reveals a wealth of knowledge hitherto unknown to the reader. To Ciaran Reilly we are truly grateful for providing us with such a jewel:
Mary O’Connor, from the Foreword
Edenderry 1916 and the revolutionary era provides an overview of the main events and people connected with the revolutionary period, 1912 to 1923. The book simultaneously outlines the development of nationalism and the demise of the Downshire estate from the 1880s onwards. Key to this development was the veneration of the Wexford rebels of 1798, Kearns and Perry and the book traces the continued use of their grave at Monasteroris as a place of pilgrimage for nationalists. Conversely, Edenderry 1916 and the revolutionary era also provides an insight into the world of the Unionist community at this time, recalling their experiences of the revolutionary period. The book contains a wealth of primary source material never before published, including written accounts and diaries from some of the people who participated in and were witness to this transformative period in local history. With over 160 images (many hitherto unseen) this illustrated history of Edenderry and the surrounding area builds on previous work by the author.